19 October 2020
Dear UP Student,
Thank you for your commitment and continued effort with your studies under these trying circumstances.
I am pleased to say that we are well on our way to successfully completing the academic year, and our student body has made significant sacrifices throughout this difficult time. I thank you for this.
With the relaxation of lockdown restrictions to level one permitting more students to return to University campuses and residences, I ask you to please not let your guard down now. Unfortunately, the threat from COVID-19 remains very real, and while the University is delighted to welcome more students back, we remain committed to prioritising your health and safety.
You would have seen in the media that some universities have experienced cluster outbreaks of COVID-19 cases following off-campus social events where hygiene protocols and social distancing were not practised. In light of this, I request that you help us to protect yourself and others by complying with all social distancing and hygiene protocols – including the washing of hands and observing coughing and sneezing etiquette – and avoiding unnecessary travel to crowded spaces and places during all your activities, including social activities off campus.
I know the past seven months have been difficult and you would like nothing more than to socialise and meet with your friends. Please do this responsibly as we do not want to take action against those putting themselves and others at risk. It would be a great pity if you’re unable to participate in the upcoming examinations because you have fallen ill from something that could have been prevented.
For more information on the health and safety precautions, please visit the UP COVID-19 website and follow us on social media.
Let’s work together to keep the entire University community safe and healthy!
Good luck with the remainder of the semester.
Prof Tawana Kupe
Vice-Chancellor and Principal